There are 3 ways to get from Interlaken to Lugano by bus, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus  •  4 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Interlaken, Interlaken West to Como 417

$32 - $55

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Train  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Interlaken Ost to Luzern 470
  2. Take the train from Luzern to Lugano 21 / ...

$87 - $143

Drive  •  2 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Interlaken to Lugano 145.1 miles

$30 - $45

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No, there is no direct train from Interlaken to Lugano. However, there are services departing from Interlaken Ost and arriving at Lugano via Luzern. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 50 min.

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The distance between Interlaken and Lugano is 113 km. The road distance is 232.1 km.

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The best way to get from Interlaken to Lugano without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 40 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 40 min to get from Interlaken to Lugano, including transfers.

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Interlaken to Lugano train services, operated by Zentralbahn, depart from Interlaken Ost station.

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The best way to get from Interlaken to Lugano is to bus which takes 4 h 40 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 4 h 50 min.

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Interlaken to Lugano train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Lugano station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Interlaken to Lugano is 232 km. It takes approximately 2 h 44 min to drive from Interlaken to Lugano.

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There are 3606+ hotels available in Lugano. Prices start at $80 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Interlaken to Lugano.
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  • Distance: 70.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 40 min

What companies run services between Interlaken, Switzerland and Lugano, Switzerland?

FlixBus operates a bus from Interlaken to Lugano once daily. Tickets cost $15 - $26 and the journey takes 3 h 40 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Interlaken to Lugano via Luzern in around 4 h 50 min.

Train operators
Zentralbahn
Website
zentralbahn.ch
Train from Interlaken Ost to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
zentralbahn.ch
Schedule at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Luzern to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Luzern to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Interlaken, Interlaken West to Como
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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